We recently completed two weeks of the Summer Olympics Games of 2016 in Rio, Brazil. There were some very exciting moments; medals won, records broken and memories made. We all had our heroes we rooted for, whether it be in swimming, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, or whatever. Much was given up by these athletes in order to attain the goals they achieved. They practiced night and day, they were very disciplined in their actions and diet, they had great work ethic, and their sacrifices were huge. To them it was all worth it to earn the medals and to be the very best at what they do!
There are many types of heroes. In another person's eyes, we can all be heroes. Today if you ask any student who their heroes are, they may list celebrities, athletes and such. They are becoming blinded by what the media throws at them. A hero can be any ordinary person who is courageous and noble. They can be people that put others before themselves. Some heroes that come to mind are our parents, grandparents, and teachers.
Anyone can be a hero and do heroic things. It’s been said that having faith in God will keep you safe so that you can do what is needed of you. Running into a burning house to save someone is a dangerous thing to do. Believing that God is with you, will keep you safe and let you bring the person in need to safety.
Life is like a race. We run it every day, all day. We run into many challenges such as disappointments, stepping stones, troubles, and relationships filled with greed, cheating and gossip. We never give up or slowdown in our race. Our eyes must stay focused on the prize, which is having eternal life with God. Just like the Olympic athletes, we must keep our faith, work hard, make sacrifices and keep our eye on the medal. God is with us and He will never leave us. Give Him a try…..Go in faith, and run your race.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Dayton First Presbyterian Church would like to acknowledge the many contributions of our newest member, Jonathan Long. Jonathan formally joined the church on June 12, but had been serving as volunteer Media Technologist for many months before that. He has revamped the church website, contributed to its Facebook page, and filmed You Tube videos of Reverend Dr. Holly's sermons. Jonathan is 17, soon to be a senior at Dayton High School, and is working part-time at SIRS in Highland Heights, performing survey research.
Jonathan would like to become involved in acting after high school and, to that end, portrayed the key role of the Crab, the Director's assistant, in this year's Vacation Bible School, Surf Shack. He also kept Reverend Holly and the volunteers on task, and worked well with the children. Please visit the church's website, www.firstpresdayton.org., to see examples of Jonathan's work, and to learn about other missions of the church and upcoming events. Please join us for Sunday worship at 10:15 a.m.
Submitted by: Elizabeth Robson
First Baptist Church Dayton Launches Saturday Night Worship – Join us!
First Baptist Church of Dayton is developing a “Saturday Night Live” worship service. The church family is praying to meet the needs of folks who are not attending church. We want to meet the needs of:
MFuge is a camp like no other! It wasn’t just fun and games for the seven students and three adults who went to MFuge in Charleston, South Carolina, in July from First Baptist Dayton. They spent their days in mission work and their evenings in praise and worship. Every day, they were in the mission field around Charleston.
Our students and adults served on two different ministry teams consisting of Beach Ministry (talking to people on the beach about Jesus), and Games and Recreation Ministry (serving in various venues throughout the city providing recreational opportunities to children in those communities). Funds for the trip were raised from church and other fundraisers throughout the year. Says Troy Richardson, First Baptist Youth Coordinator, “Our goal in each of these ministry sites was to show God's love to people and create opportunities to share the Gospel Message.” Along with the great work that our students did throughout the week, we had three students from our group who gave their lives to Jesus.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
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